Kids swim free in Oxford this summer

Published: Friday, 12th August 2022

This summer Oxford’s under-17s can swim for free at any Oxford City Council pool run by leisure partner Fusion Lifestyle.

Fusion Lifestyle have made more free swimming sessions available for under-17s living in OX1 to OX4 postcodes, now they can use any public session with their free swim card. There are four pools in Oxford, at Barton Leisure Centre, Leys Pools and Leisure Centre, Ferry Leisure Centre and Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool. A free swim card is required for these sessions, available from reception at any Fusion leisure centre with proof of age and address.

With the hot weather set to last, a family trip to Hinksey heated Outdoor Pool can now be an affordable day out, with the park also offering an interactive splash area, playground, tennis courts and plenty of picnic space. Booked sessions at the outdoor pool have been doubled to two hours, at no extra price.

Other discounts

More great family offers are available through the YouMove programme launched in May this year, for families who are eligible for free school meals. YouMove provides families with a wide range of free and low cost activities to enjoy together. This includes swimming, badminton, football, gym passes and community activities in the local area. In Oxford, a YouMove family card gives discounted membership to Fusion-run leisure centres.

Discounted leisure centre membership is available to anyone on qualifying benefits living in OX1 to OX4 postcodes through the Bonus Card scheme. With a bonus card, a session at the gym, pool or ice rink can cost as little as £2.10.

“Swimming is a life skill everyone should have. These free swimming sessions for young people help make sure they all get the chance to enjoy our pools.

“I’m really pleased Fusion are also offering leisure discounts so that more people can use our leisure centres. These are well equipped centres with qualified staff, they can support you whether you want to get seriously fit or just be a bit healthier.”

Stephen Gabriel, Executive Director for Communities and People at Oxford City Council

“Keeping active is an essential part of growing up and we want to make sure our facilities are available to all children in the area.  Offering free swims for under 17s ensures that  children can have a healthy and fun summer holiday and we look forward to welcoming them into our centres.”   

Segan Michael, Sports & Community Development Manager at Fusion Lifestyle

Public leisure centres in Oxford are:

Barton Leisure Centre

Leys Pool and Leisure

Ferry Leisure Centre

Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool

Rose Hill Community Centre Gym

Oxford Ice Rink

The Council also provides free fit trails in seven of its parks across the city, with outdoor exercise equipment and walking and jogging trails.